Food: Pasta a la Deems

My wife does most of the cooking, merely out of convenience and timing, since she’s at home before I am and kids get hungry before we do. So, more often than not, dinner has already been made by the time I get home from work. On the odd occasion, normally over weekends, I’ll make dinner or lunch.

Inspired by Di’s really tasty looking blog posts of the various meals she’s made, I decided to take a couple of photos (you can click on any photo for a larger version) while making lunch today.

A lot of people moan that they can’t cook but a pasta dish has to be one of the easiest meals to prepare and sans burning something, you can’t really mess it up – and you don’t even need to follow a recipe, just throw in a few ingredients and you’re good to go.

The ingredients I used is as follows:

  • Chopped peppers
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Pitted black olives
  • Diced mini Italian tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh Basil
  • Chopped Cabanossi sausage
  • one round of Feta cheese
  • a can of tinned puréed  tomatoes
  • and, obviously, pasta.

You can always skip the sausage/meat entirely for just as delicious vegetarian option. The Cabanossi can also be replaced by any other meat too but it’s nice to have a nice spicy meat in the meal (the spicier for me, the better).

While the pasta’s on the boil (simply in a pot of boiling water with a little bit of olive oil and salt) braise the chopped onion until it begins to brown and add the rest of the ingredients.

If you’d prefer you can opt to exclude the can of puréed tomatoes, as I said there’s no fixed recipe, it’s all about what you’d prefer. The Cabanossi sausage is already smoked so all I had to do was defrost it, but if you use a raw meat leave it to simmer for a while longer. Ideally you should braise the meat with the onion before adding the vegetables to ensure that they’re cooked well.

Once that’s done you can either mix the ingredients into the pasta and serve or if you prefer dish the pasta onto a plate and then add as much or as little of the rest of the cooked ingredients, add spices, etc. to taste and serve/eat.

I garnished mine with pepper, dried oregano, feta cheese and a few splashes of exta hot Tabasco sauce.

Worried about time? Well from beginning of preparation to serving was 30 minutes. How did it taste? Well I know what mine was like, why don’t you let me know how yours worked out once you’ve tried it.